Guest Blogger – Gabi Dubland

 

I have now been at Project Somos for 3 weeks. This trip marks my third visit to Guatemala. The first visit for Christmas with my family in 2011. My second in 2013 for 4 months. Now for three months.

With my family Christmas 2011, building the Gathering Place

With my family Christmas 2011, building the Gathering Place

Every trip has been completely different. But I think I can safely say, that this is my favourite thus far. In two short years, so much has changed. The biggest change… there are FAMILIES! And children!! So cool to see this vision and dream coming true!!

One of my favourite things so far has been bringing a ‘slackline’ from Canada to teach the kids. And mamas too! A slackline is like a tightrope, but thicker and slack. Back home in Vernon I will often go out with friends to the beach (in the summer) and slackline for an afternoon. It is a joy to bring this to the kids and teach them what fun it is! And they sure love and enjoy it! The mamas too!

Showing them how it is done!

Showing them how it is done!

Lending a helping hand across the slackline

Lending a helping hand across the slackline

Another exciting thing is my parents, Rod & Heidi (Heather Alicia’s sister) came down for a quick visit for Heather’s birthday. It was really exciting for me to be able to show them the changes in the last few years and for them to meet the families. It’ll be sad to say goodbye to them this weekend.

As a volunteer here at Somos, I’ve been given different tasks and jobs. Lately I’ve been helping with the preschool and helping the kids play and learn. Such a joy to see them learning and enjoying!

The girls love reading!

The girls love reading!

They love preschool!

They love preschool!

I’m so excited to see where the next couple months will take me! There is such incredible things happening here at Project Somos and I’m so blessed to be a part of it.

~ Gabi Dubland

 

 

One Response

  1. Gin says:

    Great post Gabi!

    The joy on your face is proof that volunteering with Project Somos gives us an incredible opportunity to expand our own horizons. An opportunity to receive love and to give love and share our knowledge.

    I know your experiences will shape your life forever.
    Cheers,
    Tia Gin

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